#MiniBulletin : Mass is a ‘theophany,’ Pope tells Monday congregation

Pope Francis emphasized the need for a “sense of the sacred” at Mass, as he celebrated the Eucharistic sacrifice at the Domus Sanctae Marthae on February 10.

The Mass, the Pope said, is a “theophany,” a direct encounter with God. This encounter, he said, is “different from the Word: it is another presence: closer, without mediation, near.”

The Mass, the Pope stressed, is not a “representation” of the Last Supper. He explained: “Nativity scenes, the Way of the Cross: these are representations.” At the Mass, something quite different occurs, he said: “It is a theophany: God approaches and is with us, and we participate in the mystery of redemption.” The Pope added that it is wrong to say that one “hears” Mass; the Mass, he said, is “participated in, and it is a participation in this theophany.”

To participate fully in the Mass, the Pope added, one must “have this availability to enter into the mystery of God.” He cautioned that someone at Mass should not be checking his watch, and someone attending the morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae should not treat the ceremony as a “tourist stop” where he can see the Pope.

Participating properly in the Mass requires a sense of the sacred, and an awareness of God’s presence, the Pope said. “It is God’s time, it is God’s space.”

— taken from http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/02/10/pope_francis:_rediscover_a_sense_of_the_sacred/en1-771852 —

Christmas Mass Schedule 2013 (in Singapore)

CITY DISTRICT

ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH (VICTORIA STREET)
Dec 24: 9.00pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 9.00am, 11.00am (Latin)

CHURCH OF STS PETER & PAUL
Dec 24: 9.00pm (M*), 11.30pm
Pageant, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.30am (M*), 11.00am

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Dec 24: 8.00pm (Carolling), 8.30pm (Mass), 10.00pm (Carolling & Pageant, T*), 10.30pm (Mass, T*)
Dec 25: 9.00am, 10.30am (T*), 6.30pm (T*)

CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART
Dec 24: 9.00pm (M*), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 9.00am, 10.30am, 12noon

CHURCH OF ST TERESA
Dec 24: 8.00pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.30am, 10.30am and 12.30pm

CHURCH OF ST ALPHONSUS (NOVENA CHURCH)
Dec 24: 9.30pm (Carolling), 10.00pm
(Pageant), 10.30pm (Mass)
Dec 25: 9.00am, 5.30pm

CHURCH OF ST BERNADETTE
Dec 24: 9.30pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.00am (M*), 9.30am,
11.00am, 3.00pm (Indonesian)

CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL
Dec 24: 7.00pm (Pageant & carolling) 8.00pm Mass, 10.45pm Pageant & carolling), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.00am (M*), 9.30am, 5.30pm

 
WEST DISTRICT

CHURCH OF ST IGNATIUS
Dec 24: 5.30pm, 11.00pm
Dec 25: 8.15am, 10.15am, 12.00pm, 6.00pm

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH
Dec 24: 7.00pm (M), 9.30pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.30am, 9.00am (M), 10.45am, 3.30pm (Bahasa Indonesia), 5.30pm

CHURCH OF ST MARY OF THE ANGELS
Dec 24: 8.30pm (Children’s Mass), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.30am (M*), 9.00am, 10.45am, 12.30pm

CHURCH OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Dec 24: 6.00pm (Tamil), 8.30pm (Malayalam), 8.30pm (carolling followed by Mass in Mandarin), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.30am, 9.00am,11.00am

CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS
Dec 24: 7.30pm (Family Mass), 9.30pm (M*), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.30am, 9.30am, 11.15am

 
EAST DISTRICT

CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Dec 24: 9.00pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 9.15am & 11.15am, 6.00pm (M*)

CHURCH OF OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE
Dec 24: 9.30pm (M*), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 9.00am (M*), 10.45am & 5.30pm

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
Dec 24: 6.00pm (Children’s Mass), 9.00pm & M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.30am (M*), 8.45am; 10.30am; 12.15pm & 6.00pm

CHURCH OF ST STEPHEN
Dec 24: 11.30pm Carolling, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.00am (M*), 10.00am, 6.00pm

CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY
Dec 24: 7.00pm (Children Mass), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.00am (M*), 9.30am, 11.15am, 6.00pm

CHURCH OF DIVINE MERCY
Dec 24: 7.00pm (Children’s Pageant followed by Mass), 9.00pm (Cantata), 9.30pm Mass, 11.00pm (Cantata), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 9.00am; 11.30am & 5.30pm

 
NORTH DISTRICT

ST JOSEPH CHURCH (BUKIT TIMAH)
Dec 24: 8.00pm Pageant (M*), 9.00pm Mass (M*), 11.00pm Carolling, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.00am, 10.00am

CHURCH OF ST ANTHONY
Dec 24: 7.30pm (M*), 9.30pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 11.00am, 6.00pm

CHURCH OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA
Dec 24: 5.00pm, 6.30pm (T*), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.00am (M*), 9.30am, 11.00am & 5.00pm

CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Dec 24: 5.30pm (Children’s Mass), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.00am, 9.00am. & 11.00am

CHURCH OF THE RISEN CHRIST

Dec 24: 8.00pm, 11.00pm
Dec 25: 7.00am, 8.15am (M*), 9.45am, 11.30am, 6.00pm

CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING
Dec 24: 6.00pm (Children’s Mass),
9.00pm, M’nite Mass (Cantata 30 mins before Mass)
Dec 25: 8.15am (M*), 9.45am, 11.30am & 5.30pm

 

 

SERANGOON DISTRICT
CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BVM
Dec 24: 7.00pm (pageant), 7.30pm, (Mass), 9.00pm (carolling, M*), 9.30pm (Mass, M*), 11.15pm (carolling), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.30am, 9.15am, 11.00am

CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Dec 24: 9.00pm (Children’s Mass), M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 8.00am, 10.00am, 6.15pm

CHURCH OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER
Dec 24: 6.00pm, 9.00pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 9.00am, 11.00am & 5.30pm

ST ANNE’S CHURCH
Dec 24: 8.00pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.15am, 9.00am, 11.00am

CHURCH OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL
Dec 24: 9.00pm, M’nite Mass
Dec 25: 7.00am, 9.00am, 11.00am, 6.00pm

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Saints Talk About The Holy Mass

“My good friends, by hearing Mass I not only secure myself innumerable blessings, but I confer the most important benefits on my kingdom, many more than I could possibly do in any other way.” ~ St. Louis (king of France)

“There is no prayer or good work so great, so pleasing to God, so useful to us as the Mass.” ~ St. Lawrence Justinian

“Even God Himself could do nothing holier, better, or greater than the Mass.” ~ St. Alphonsus

“The Mass is nothing less than the Sacrifice of Calvary renewed on the altar, and that every Mass brings to men the same benefits as the Sacrifice of the Cross.” ~ St. Thomas

“The Mass has just the same value as Calvary.” ~ St. John Chrysostom

“The Mass is a compendium of all God’s love, of all His benefits to men, and each Mass bestows on the world a benefit not less than what was conferred on it by the Incarnation.” ~ St. Bonaventure

“I once saw a globe of extraordinary beauty and brilliancy circle round the chalice at the Consercration and then enter the sacred vessel. God revealed to me that this happened at every Mass, though not visible to our human eyes.” ~ St. Hanon

“The happiness of the world comes from the Sacrifice of the Mass.” ~ St. Odo of Cluny

“No human tongue can describe the immense favors and blessings which we receive from the Mass. The sinner obtains pardon, the good man becomes more holy, our faults are corrected and our vices uprooted by hearing Holy Mass.” ~ St. Lawrence Justinian

“Just as all creation, the heaven and the earth, the sun, the moon and the stars, the mountains and oceans, all men and angels are nothing in comparison with God, so no good works, however holy, are equal to one Mass.” ~ St. Alphonsus

“In every Mass, the Heavens open and multitudes of Angels come to assist at the Holy Sacrifice.” ~ St. Gregory

“The Angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating the Mass.” ~ St. Augustine

“When Mass is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless Angels, who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar.” ~ St. John Chrysostom

“One day when I was assisting at the Holy Sacrifice, I saw an immense number of Holy Angels descend and gather around the altar, contemplating the priest. They sang heavenly canticles that ravished my heart; Heaven itself seemed to be contemplating the great Sacrifice.” ~ St. Bridget

–thank you Hillarie for giving me many good articles! God bless you!–

#MiniBulletin : What is The Mass?

The Mass is the birth of Jesus Christ. He is really born on the Altar each time that Mass is said, as He was born in Bethlehem.

The Mass is the same as the sacrifice of Calvary. In it God dies as He died on the first Good Friday.

The Mass has the same infinite value of Calvary, and brings down on men the same priceless grace.

In every Mass the Blood of Jesus is shed for us again.

Nothing on this Earth, nothing in Heaven itself, gives more glory to God and obtains more benefits for us than a single Mass.

By the Mass we offer to God the greatest praise, the most perfect thanks for all the benefits He has bestowed on us. We make more reparation for our faults than by the severest penances.

The Mass obtains for us the very greatest graces, blessings and favors, spiritual and temporal — graces that we could not possibly receive in any other way.

The Mass saves us from countless dangers and delivers us from the evils that threaten us.

Nothing that obtains for us so many blessings as the Mass.

By hearing Mass, the day would become worth a thousand days, so wonderful would be the graces and benefits we shall receive.

By one Mass which we hear in the state of grace, we give God more pleasure and obtain for ourselves more benefits and favors.

The efficacy of the Mass is so wonderful, God’s mercy and generosity are then so unlimited, that there is no moment so propitious to ask for favors as when Jesus is born on the altar. What we then ask we shall almost certainly receive, and what we do not obtain in the Mass we may scarcely hope to receive by all other prayers, penances or pilgrimages.

The Angel and The Roses

a poor farmer was wont to attend daily Mass for many years of his life.

he was crossing the snow-covered fields one cold morning on his way to church. he thought that he heard footsteps behind him, and turning, he saw his guardian Angel bearing a basket full of beautiful roses, which exhaled a delicious perfume.

“see,” said the Angel, “these roses represent each step you have taken on the way to Mass, and each rose represents, too, a glorious reward which awaits you in Heaven. But far, far greater are the merits you have gotten from the Mass itself.”

#MiniBulletin 01. Why Go To Church?

“Some people today say, ‘Christ, yes; the church, no’, like they say, ‘i believe in God, but not in priests’,” the Pope said. Such a position does not make sense because “it is the Church that brings us Christ and brings us to God. The Church is the great family of God’s children”.

During his weekly general audience on May 29, the Pope announced he would begin a series of audience talks about the Church.

“The Church is the great family of children of God,” he said. “certainly it has human aspects from the members who compromise it, pastors and faithful. They have defects, imperfections, sins. Even the Pope has them – and he has many – but what is beautiful is that when we become aware that we are sinners, we find the mercy of God. God always forgives. Don’t forget this. God always forgives.”

“Sin is an offence against God, but it’s also an opportunity. Humiliation can lead one to see there is something beautiful awaiting you : the mercy of God. Think about this.”

God plans to unite all humanity into one family where everyone recognizes the birthright as a child of God and loved by Him : “The Church is born from God’s desire to call all people into communion with Him and to participate in His divine life.”